June 9, 2015


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Google’s Larry Page, NIKE’s Mark Parker and H E B’s Charles Butt Receive Top Marks From Employees

MILL VALLEY, Calif. (June 9, 2015) ­– Glassdoor, the world’s most transparent jobs and recruiting marketplace, has announced the winners of its third annual Employees’ Choice Awards for the Highest Rated CEOs for 2015. Unlike any other workplace awards, the Employees’ Choice Awards are based solely on the input of employees who anonymously and voluntarily provide feedback via the Glassdoor company review survey. The survey, open year-round to all employees, encourages feedback on whether they approve or disapprove of how their CEO is leading the company, along with insight into their job, work environment and company.

This year, Glassdoor has expanded its Highest Rated CEOs awards program to include five categories, honoring CEOs across the U.S., Canada, UK and Germany. This year, there are two categories in the U.S.: 50 Highest Rated CEOs (recognizing CEOs leading companies with 1,000 or more employees), and 25 Highest Rated CEOs at Small & Medium Companies (recognizing CEOs leading companies with less than 1,000 employees):

“Gaining the trust and approval of an entire workforce is one of the most difficult yet rewarding responsibilities for any leader,” said Robert Hohman, Glassdoor CEO and co-founder. “Winning a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award is a significant achievement for any CEO regardless of fame, fortune or company size.”

On Glassdoor’s 2015 list of the 50 Highest Rated CEOs, the top CEOs represent diverse industries, spanning tech, finance, manufacturing, travel and tourism, retail and more. Google’s Larry Page moves from No. 11 on last year’s list with 93 percent approval to take top honors this year with 97 percent approval. Conversely, last year’s No. 1 CEO, LinkedIn’s Jeff Weiner with 100 percent approval, drops to No. 12 with 93 percent approval. Of the 50 CEOs, 20 of them were honored on last year’s list. Newcomers this year include Chevron’s John Watson (No. 16; 93 percent approval), Sephora’s Calvin McDonald (No. 17; 93 percent approval) and Airbnb’s Brian Chesky (No. 48; 89 percent approval), among others.

On the 2015 list of the 25 Highest Rated CEOs at Small & Medium Companies, the top three CEOs are all newcomers. Only three CEOs on last year’s list made the list this year.

Employees’ Choice Award winners are determined using Glassdoor’s proprietary algorithm, and each CEO approval rating takes into account the quantity and consistency of Glassdoor-approved company reviews shared by U.S.-based employees between April 22, 2014 and April 21, 2015. At a minimum, CEOs considered for the large companies list must have received at least 100 reviews, and CEOs on the small & medium companies list must have received at least 35 reviews, respectively, during the eligibility period. For reporting simplicity, CEO approval ratings are rounded to the nearest whole number, though calculations extend beyond the thousandth to determine rank. Complete report methodology can be found and downloaded here:

SEE THE 2015 WINNERS: All winning CEOs across this year’s five categories can be found by visiting:

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